Official artwork of Nia (Driver form) from
|Debut||Xenoblade Chronicles 2 (2017)|
|Smash Bros. appearances||Ultimate|
|Most recent non-Smash appearance||Xenoblade Chronicles 3 (2022)|
|Console/platform of origin||Nintendo Switch|
|Species||Flesh Eater (Blade/Gormotti hybrid)|
|Place of origin||Gormott Province|
|Created by||Masatsugu Saitō|
|Article on Xeno Series Wiki||Nia|
Nia (ニア, Niyah) is the tritagonist of Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Nia was originally the Blade to the Lord of Echell from Gormott Province. Nia grew up in a wealthy household, which included her Driver and his daughter, who Nia came to recognize as her sister. Nia's "sister" was always sick, and the rest of the family cared for her. Nia would study to become a proper lady to help the family. Their lives would fall apart after her Driver spent his entire fortune in search of a cure for his daughter's sickness and lost his status as lord. The family would then become drifters, with Nia's sister eventually succumbing to her illnesses. In a desperate attempt to preserve some part of his daughter, her Driver forced Nia to consume the body of her sister, turning Nia into a special type of Blade called a Flesh Eater. Her Driver would also die shortly after, leaving her alone with no family. However, Nia found the core crystal that belonged to her Driver and resonated with it, becoming the Driver to Dromarch. Together they went on the run from the Indoline Praetorium, who hunt down Flesh Eaters like Nia. They were rescued by Jin, who offered her to join his organization, Torna.
During a salvaging mission with Jin, Malos, and Rex, they all uncover the Ancient Ship that Addam sank under the Cloud Sea 500 years prior to keep the Aegis from wreaking havoc. She witnesses Jin kill Rex after touching the Aegis sword, prompting her and Dromarch to defect to the recently revived Rex's side. They are the first people to join him on his and Pyra's journey to reach Elysium. Eventually, it is revealed that Nia is a Blade who was merged with the corpse of her former Driver's daughter. After the reveal, she can be freely switched between Blade and Driver forms. She even temporarily becomes the primary Blade of Rex during the battle at the Cliffs of Morytha, due to Pyra and Mythra being unusable at the time.
Some time after the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 2, Nia is seen in a photograph holding a baby with the same hair color as herself, implying it is her child. By the events of Xenoblade Chronicles 3, Nia has ascended to Queen of Agnus and has gone to war against Keves and their queen Melia. However, both Nia and Melia were revealed to be robotic imposters, with the real Nia in hibernation at the Cloudkeep and the real Melia captured within Origin and being used by Moebius to gain access. After being rescued, Nia supports the main cast and sometimes joins in key battles. She also occasionally joins the party in the overworld, with specific quests involving her reflecting on her past and her lack of purpose in the modern age, though she is convinced by the party to continue forward in whatever future will be caused by the conjoined worlds splitting once again.
As a costume
As a background character
Nia makes an appearance as a background character along side her Blade, Dromarch on Cloud Sea of Alrest.
Nia also appears as an Ace-class primary spirit.
Nia uses a Mii Brawler puppet fighter wearing a Nia Wig and Outfit and is fought on the Gaur Plains stage. She is fought along an Incineroar puppet fighter representing her Blade, Dromarch. During the battle, the puppet fighters heal over time, referencing Dromarch's role as a healing Blade.
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Nia as a background character on Cloud Sea of Alrest.
Names in other languages
|Chinese (Simplified)||尼娅, Niyah|
|Chinese (Traditional)||妮雅, Niyah|
|Xenoblade Chronicles universe|
|Fighters||Shulk (SSB4 · SSBU) · Pyra (SSBU) · Mythra (SSBU)|
|Stages||Gaur Plain · Cloud Sea of Alrest|
|Other characters||Azurda · Dunban · Fiora · Nia · Rex|
|Trophies and Spirits||Trophies · Spirits|
|Music||SSB4 · Ultimate|